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Hawaii’s lackluster politics in 2017 should make for contentious elections in 2018

This year ends giving Hawaii’s politicians little assurance for smooth sailing into the 2018 elections. And even more worry for a public saying, “Is this all we get?” Read More

Congressional Republicans’ tax-cut reforms will end up slashing Hawaii GOP further

The headline running across the Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s front page on Aug. 9, 1974, quoting the new president, Gerald Ford, summed it up: “Our Nightmare is Over.” Read More

Our state and city governments just can’t get a handle on costly recycling programs

Both the city and state have recently produced audits of the various city and state recycling programs; each notes that neither the city nor the state is doing the job and that it has been repeatedly told of its failings. Read More

Heed severe lessons of ‘Reaganomics’

Today’s homeless can look directly at Reagan and his GOP tax plan for much of their misery. Read More

Congressional race will reveal Democratic Party’s divide and future course

The uncertainty and disunity within the dominant Hawaii Democratic Party is showing up as the race to replace U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District begins. Read More

Lieutenant governor race needs firefight spark

On his or her’s best day, Hawaii’s lieutenant governor can boast an agenda not much different than occupying the office on your worse day — little is going to happen. In the margins, however, those smart and lucky can find a lot of room to maneuver. Read More

Tsutsui to sit out 2018 election to ‘recharge’

In one of the first major moves of this political season, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui is withdrawing his plans to run for Maui mayor next year. Read More

Ige and Hanabusa get gubernatorial ball rolling

Running for governor is Hawaii’s most difficult political quest and problems multiply when you exit Congress for a job back home. Read More

Lawmakers getting aboard rail-funding train — but where’s Caldwell?

Today Mayor Kirk Caldwell has succeeded only in uniting the state Legislature against him and his ever-increasing demand for more money and more time to finish his city rail project. If anything, he is showing a talent for leading people away from himself. Read More

Hawaii GOP should walk away from Trump’s remarks

With that sort of political power, the GOP would be best stepping off the Trump train and repeating the affirmation of Schatz: “He’s not my president.” Read More

Workings of Hawaii government hew to satirical Parkinson’s Law

This is the Honolulu Corollary to Parkinson’s Law: The bigger the issue, the less attention is paid; the more manini the issue, the more we scrap. Read More

Curb costly retirement benefits for government workers

It was just one sentence in the reams of data coming from the Tax Review Commission’s latest study, but the impact is jolting: The state is not getting enough money to operate. Read More

Time is running out for HART — and Oahu taxpayers

Honolulu’s slow-moving rail project is sliding into another “what, me worry?” moment with deadlines approaching and little acknowledgement of the project’s dropping support. Read More

Hirono emerges from surgery, to battle GOP health bill and Trump

Hirono has always been a strong liberal Democrat, but whether it was Donald Trump’s election or joining the fight to beat cancer, she has become all the more forceful. Read More

Trump likely to draw more lawsuits, with Hawaii joining in

We may not be the People’s Republic of Hawaii, but the renewed feistiness coming from local officials shows that Republican Trump has stirred Democratic Hawaii. Read More

Hawaii to take big hits under Medicare, Medicaid cuts

The Republican-controlled Congress has launched an attack on both the ACA and the Medicare and Medicaid portions of the act that if successful, will damage a great many Hawaii families. Read More

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